Rachel Henderson and Anton Ptak’s secondary enterprise could be a boon for farm country pollinators. (In 2010, Henderson and Ptak were featured on Ear to the Ground soon after they launched their orchard enterprise. Check out episode 78 here.) More information: • LSP's Farm Beginnings Course • LSP's Journeyperson Course • LSP's Grazing & Soil Health web… Read More → Source
We have the pleasure of welcoming back Brett Chedzoy on the podcast. While last time we dedicated much of the conversation to transforming woods into a productive silvopasture, this time we focus on planting trees into pasture. We go into a lot of depth into the design of such plantations as well as their management implications. We conclude the interview by discussing his way of using coniferous plantations to shelter his herd from extreme winter storms and how that is saving him from building expensive infrastructure. TABLE OF CONTENTS00:01:46 Introduction 00:07:08 Why bring trees into pasture and which ones00:21:21 Design process00.44:20 How do we combine high quality forestry with silvopasture? 00:51:06 What simple systems for easy adoption by livestock farmers? 01:00:25 Implementation and management 01:29:10 When to reintroduce animals into the plantation? 01:35:39 Living barns • RESOURCEShttps://silvopasture.ning.com/https://sites.google.com/site/theangusglenfarm/home• GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org• SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry• FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nettle Valley Farm is using silvopasturing to prove ecological sustainability and profitable livestock production can coexist — creating healthy pollinator habitat in the bargain. LSP’s Ear to the Ground episode 265 describes Nettle Valley Farm’s beginning farmer incubator program. More information: • LSP’s Grazing & Soil Health web page • Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation… Read More → Source
We're back into the agricultural content! In this episode, we start framing up a dialogue on what is silvopasture, how do we understand layering our trees in this environment in relation to livestock, and how does local ecology set the boundaries of what these systems should look like? Sources: Steve Gabriel, "Silvopasture" Mark Shepard "Restoration Agriculture" Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at: https://www.patreon.com/PoorProlesAlmanac
In this episode Charlie chats to Michael Taylor. Michael Taylor is from a multigenerational farming family in the New England region of NSW and is continuing his parents legacy of innovation, agroforestry and ethically produced fine merino wool production. Diversity of enterprises and biodiversity of ecology and landscape is a focus of Michaels, as demonstrated by the resilience of his farm 'Taylors Run' and the businesses he operates. Head over here to see show notes and links.
It is a longstanding view in the world of forestry that livestock and timberland cannot coexist. Livestock can cause significant harm to trees, forest soils, and the all important duff layer on the forest floor. However, with good understanding and careful management there may just be a way to have the best of both worlds.
After many years of experimentation, Jaime Elizondo is scaling his leucaena silvopasture system in order to increase his stocking rate from 3 to 6 cattle units per hectare: doubling his profitability.This bold statement has been made by one of the most experienced regenerative graziers we know of, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Beyond improving his grass productivity and providing fodder for his cows, Jaime is planting trees for a multitude of benefits such as biodiversity, cattle wellbeing and soil regeneration. In this interview Jaime is talking directly to farmers and graziers with a wealth of practical information as we break down key topics in his pollarding system. He discusses how he establishes the trees, rotates the animals around them, how he pollards and how cattle digest strong chemical compounds produced by trees. We hope you enjoy!• TABLE OF CONTENTS02:00 - Introduction09:20 - Why started planting trees15:20 - Why leucaena?18:30 - Tree density and cattle stocking rate20:50 - How to direct seed leucaena30:25 - Competition between trees and grass34:00 - Adapted animal genetics for silvopasture38:00 - Leucaena rate of inclusion in cattle feed intake39:40 - Pollarding vs direct browsing of leucaena44:05 - Fencing and protecting trees48:30 - Tree - grass interactions and tree densities53:10 - Silvopasture and non-selective grazing rotations• RESOURCEShttps://www.rwranching.com/https://www.facebook.com/RealWealthRanchinghttps://www.instagram.com/realwealthranching/?hl=en• GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org• SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry• FOLLOW US on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eric Shatt grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Agriculture Biology. After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2000 he started his own journey in farming. He worked for a few small organic farms before jumping into the world of viticulture and winemaking working for vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of central New York for over nine seasons. He also worked as Orchard Manager for Cornell University's research orchard and vineyard in Ithaca, NY for 10 years. During this time Eric and his partner Deva started Redbyrd Orchard in 2003, a Biodynamic orchard and cidery where they grow along with their 3 sons, apples, pears, strawberries, geese and sheep in an attempt to harmoniously blend agriculture with the rhythms of nature and the cosmos. Redbyrd Orchard became Biodynamic Certified by Demeter in 2018. They recognize their farming activities take place on land taken from the *Hau-den-o'sau-nee* and strive for social justice and equity in community and agriculture. Redbyrd Orchard Cider has been featured in the Smithsonian Magazine, the Washington Post, Bloomberg.com, the New York Times, GQ and more. You can find Eric and Redbyrd Orchard Cider at RedbyrdOrchardCider.com
In anticipation of our trio of silvopasture field days and workshops next week, we wanted to re-release Episode 10: "Implementing Silvopasture" as a refresher or introduction to the topic. If you'd like to learn more, you can also listen to our other episodes that cover this management approach with ecological and indigenous origins: Episode 9: "Silvopasture in Minnesota" with SFA's Tyler Carlson and Jared Luhman. Episode 10: "Implementing Silvopasture" with SFA's Tyler Carlson and Jared Luhman. Episode 23: "Origins of Oak Savanna" with Stephen Thomforde and Tyler Carlson. Episode 24: "Restoring Oak Savanna" with Stephen Thomforde and Tyler Carlson. Episode 25: "Home on the Tree-Range" with Tony Wells and Jared Luhman. Find more resources and information about the upcoming field days and workshops on our website. ------------------------------- Episode 10: Implementing Silvopasture Jared Luhman and Tyler Carlson return to further discuss Silvopasture: “the intentional integration of trees, forage, and livestock into one intensively managed system.” Formerly a trope to “keep livestock out of the woods,” now farmers have the tools to properly manage their impact. By intensively managing trees to optimize the growing environment for the forage below, as well as the timing and location of livestock grazing, farmers can reap numerous benefits. Silvopasture practices can boost soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat and diversity, and carbon sequestration. Silvopasture can also raise timber value, animal performance, and overall economic returns, making this system an attractive option for some farmers. Tyler describes his own operation, from his intensive study of agroforestry as a student at the University of Minnesota, to his 200 acres in Todd County today. He and his wife raise grass-fed beef, pastured lamb, and perennial fruits on their farm. Tyler shares his experience in working with both existing woodlands and establishing silvopasture on cleared land for those looking to get started. Resources: SFA Silvopasture & Agroforestry Homepage - Learn more and register for upcoming workshops here. Silvopasture Handbook Silvopasture Webinar Series University of Minnesota Silvopasture Learning Network NRCS EQIP Jared Luhman, SFA Soil Health Lead Tyler Carlson, SFA Silvopasture & Agroforestry Project Lead The viewpoints of the speakers expressed within or outside of this episode do not necessarily reflect the goals and mission of SFA. Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota. This episode is supported and funded by a grant from the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). It is part of the “Oak Savanna Restoration through Silvopasture Project” in cooperation with University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension, Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) at the University of Minnesota, and Great River Greening.
The export of bivalve molluscs from Class B waters to the EU for human consumption came to a halt as of the 1st January. It’s had a devastating impact on mollusc farming businesses. DEFRA said they had had assurances from the EU that the trade WOULD still be able to go ahead after Brexit, and that the EU has changed the rules. Now, we get a response from the European Commission. A field lab being run by Innovative Farmers - a not-for-profit group which links up farmers and researchers - is looking at whether introducing trees into fields used for grazing, increases soil carbon. Those involved hope the data will be used by policy makers to decide how much farmers should be paid for adding trees to fields under a system of ‘public money for public goods’. We visit one of the farms involved. And Labour are reviewing all their rural policies in England, saying they want to be the Party of the Countryside. They vow more support for rural transport, health services, and community hubs. They're also scrutinising the Government’s current plans to phase out area-based Direct Payments for farmers and introduce Environmental Land Management Scheme or ELMs. Anna Hill speaks to Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Luke Pollard. Presented by Anna Hill Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Heather Simons
Tony Wells and a few partners are years into developing a regenerative and resilient poultry production system that provides opportunities for small farm profitability, which they’ve implemented on a 40-acre farm. The model attempts to replicate a forest habitat for poultry, incorporating perennials like hazelnuts and elderberries into a silvopasture system. Not only do the birds enjoy the shade and cover from aerial predators provided by the canopy, but the hazelnuts thrive on the nitrogen-rich chicken manure and offer an additional income stream. Tony says that after 5-7 years, the hazelnuts will make up 30-50% of the farm’s revenue. Years before Tony joined the venture, his partners Wil Crombie and Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin were working on developing the system. Regi worked with many breeds, researching which would be most suitable for their design. The breed of chicken they’ve found success with? Aptly, Freedom Rangers. The goal is for this model to be replicated on other farm sites. “It’s really, really hard for one farm to make it on their own and market their own products…it’s always going to work better if multiple farms can work together.” That’s why developing scalable business infrastructure has been a significant part of the venture. Rather than each individual farmer taking the chickens to the processor, the team picks up birds and transports them there. They also handle all the distribution and sales under the Tree-Range Chicken brand. What started as a curiosity around food production and nutrition—“What goes into food?”—has blossomed into new friendships and partnerships, transplanting from Minneapolis to a Faribault farm, and a new career raising “tree-range” poultry for Tony. “I haven’t yet found anything I would rather put my energy towards at this point in my life.” Tony and Reginaldo were interviewed for SFA’s new Silvopasture Case Study series, which was just published in March 2021. Find more resources on Silvopasture on SFA’s resource page. Tony Wells, Regeneration Farms, Cannon River Chapter delegate to the SFA Board of Directors Jared Luhman, Soil Health Lead, Sustainable Farming Association, firstname.lastname@example.org Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
This is part 3 of a conversation with Jane Jackson. Jane and her husband live in northern Vermont. Jane has her horses and her husband raises sheep and cattle. Which means that together they have been learning how to be better grass farmers. This week Jane starts us out by talking about silvopasture.
One of the key questions we are trying to answer is 'in what contexts does agroforestry work, or doesn't'. Dan started intercropping grains between his pecans before he knew it was called agroforestry, because it made sense to him at the time. The first part of the interview focuses on the business strategy of the farm. Whilst providing many tips and fascinating info, you'll also understand the context in which the agroforestry system sets itself. You will be able to understand the details of how he created and managed his intercropping operation, and follow the system whilst it gains maturity. Dan expresses some of his concerns with intercropping in more recent times, and when asked if he would do it again, he provides a surprising answer. We hope you enjoy! • TABLE OF CONTENTS00:01:21 Introduction of farm and pecan agroforestry system 00:13:20 Business strategy behind diversifying farm production 00:25:10 Direct selling 300 acres worth of pecans 00:29:35 Creating a quality product 00:33:27 The importance of scale 00:45:15 Why start intercropping the pecan orchard? 00:53:05 Challenges with managing both the intercrop and the tree crop 00:57:00 Trendsetting instead of doing what everybody else is doing 01:00:25 Managing the intercrop strategy with an evolving orchard 01:08:45 Competition between intercrop and tree crop 01:17:05 Silvopasture challenges01:19:45 Management of the tree row 01:24:10 Biggest mistakes • RESOURCEShttp://shepherdfarms.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDcBULb4WsE&t=8s• GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org• SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry• FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode Steve Gabriel shares with us his experience on Wellspring Forest Farm, focusing on his sheep silvopasture system. Steve has used the different ecological niches present on his land to build up various enterprises and has refused to separate productions, preferring rather to take advantage of interactions and edge effects. You'll find out how he uses trees to diversify the habitat of his sheep and how this very same diversity can become a key asset in time of crisis. We also cover the importance of the breed, the role of tree fodder, patterns of tree planting and many other fascinating things! • TABLE OF CONTENTS00:01:54 Introduction 00:05:33 Wellspring Forest Farm context 00:09:42 Starting with ecological niches 00:14:47 Ecosystems of the farm00:18:22 Silvopasture systems on the farm00:21:37 Creating diversity between paddocks00:27:22 Dealing with complexity and diversity 00:30:48 Trees systems00:36:57 Why mix pasture and trees? 00:44:07 Planting in clusters vs planting in lines00:46:01 How do you protect young trees from animals?00:50:57 Limits of stacking productions00:57:58 Tree fodder 01:07:48 Potential to mechanise tree fodder collection01:14:56 Role of breed in tree fodder acceptance 01:18:25 Managing the rotation of the flock01:23:25 Advice for setting up a silvopasture • RESOURCEShttp://www.wellspringforestfarm.com/https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/silvopasture/• GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org• SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry• FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, Brett Chedzoy shares with us his extensive experience practicing and teaching silvopasture. Brett clearly discussed some of the key issues, challenges and opportunities associated with silvopasture. We spent quite some time covering the importance of rotational grazing and how silvopasture differs from pasture grazing. We cover specific topics such as tree fodder, animal behaviour and the different interactions between trees and animals. We finish the conversation with a practical step by step method to convert a forest into a silvopasture system. TABLE OF CONTENTS00:02:00 Introduction 00:06:58 Silvopasture basics 00:13:40 Challenges and risks 00:17:26 Grazing on pasture vs rotational grazing in silvopasture 00:34:08 Effect of animal presence on tree growth 00:39:16 Animal behaviour 00:43:25 Tree fodder and browsing 00:47:45 Forage quality 00:56:29 Skills necessary to transition to silvopasture grazing 01:00:38 Stocking density and rotation timing 01:06:30 Three step process to convert forest to silvopasture 01:16:23 Resources • RESOURCEShttps://silvopasture.ning.com/https://sites.google.com/site/theangusglenfarm/home• GET IN TOUCH www.regenerativeagroforestry.org• SUPPORT US www.gumroad.com/regenagroforestry• FOLLOW US on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
My Wild and Wonderful guest today is Drake Larsen of Three Ridges Ecological Farm. We are also joined with long time friend and contributor to the show Dr. Richard Vuksinic ND. In this episode, we take a laid-back and informal approach to a complex topic; the ever evolving world of Ecological Farming. This was a […]
Producing food requires land. As a result, forests are often razed to make space for crops or animals, creating environmental tradeoffs. But what if there were a middle ground between forest and farmland? In this episode, host Lisa Held explores the concept of agroforestry with Jacob Grace, a program manager at the Savanna Institute based in Madison, Wisconsin. They discuss varied agroforestry practices like alley cropping and silvopasture, potential environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration, and barriers that currently prevent more farmers from adopting the practices.Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support The Farm Report by becoming a member!The Farm Report is Powered by Simplecast.
On this week's show, Joe and Clint are learning how to make money off land using Silvopasture Agroforestry with Dr. Becky Barlow of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. We'll discuss the benefits economically and ecologically and help you determine how much money you can potentially make and if it's the right choice for your land. We also check in with Timbermart-South for this week's Timber Market Update. This week's Huntin' Land Podcast has been brought to you by: Alabama Black Belt Adventures Show Sponsors: Alabama AG Credit Alabama Black Belt Adventures Bay County Armory Great Days Outdoors Magazine National Land Realty First South Farm Credit Follow Huntin' Land Podcast on Facebook Want more great hunting and fishing news, tips, and what-not? Check out greatdaysoutdoors.com Thanks for listening, be sure to email us your questions to email@example.com.
In Edible-Alpha® podcast #73, Tera chats with Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell, Ph.D., co-founders of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Champaign, Illinois. The Animal Welfare Approved farm and farmstead is home to an organic fruit orchard and more than 100 milking goats that graze and browse on a diverse landscape. They also make and sell goat cheese and gelato onsite and run a thriving agritourism business. Both soil scientists, Leslie and Wes left Madison, Wisconsin, in 2003 to pursue their dream of sustainable farming. They purchased seven acres of soybean and corn land in central Illinois and transformed it to organic fruit orchards, pastures and hay fields. Starting a goat farm and creamery from scratch was challenging, as Illinois doesn’t have the dairy culture or expertise that America’s Dairyland does. But the resourceful duo made it happen. They became the state’s first licensed farmstead dairy in 2005, beginning with just four goats and growing their herd as they expanded acreage. In 2008, Leslie and Wes added a commercial kitchen to the farm, plus a 15-acre grass-legume-forb pasture. And because goats are natural browsers that love choices, they restored one piece of land as prairie and turned another into a woody browse filled with silver maple, honeysuckle, honey locust, willow, poplar and a diverse understory. The property is a work in progress, but once finished, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery will have close to 20 acres and 16 paddocks for the herd to rotate through. This is definitely not the easiest way to raise goats for dairy. But Leslie and Wes aren’t interested in easy. Their commitment to silvopasture, a type of agroforestry that intentionally integrates trees, pasture and rotationally grazing livestock, is rooted in doing what’s best for their animals, for the quality of milk they produce and for the planet. Along with giving the goats a nutritionally varied diet, this regenerative farming method helps enrich the soil, sequester carbon and prevent erosion. While other progressive farmers are adopting silvopasture, Leslie and Wes don’t know of anyone else doing it with goats. This is all an experiment. Over the coming years, they will monitor the soil health, track which tree and plant species the herd responds to and see how the landscape evolves. They are hoping their project attracts other researchers and entrepreneurs to join in. Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery practices total transparency in everything they do. That’s a big reason why they invite people onto their farm for tours, classes and farm-to-table dinners and to enjoy fresh-made cheese and gelato. The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the dinners and events for now, but the farm and creamery remain open and they still sell their products at farmers’ markets and wholesale. Tune into the full podcast to learn more about these silvopasture pioneers and how regenerative agriculture can yield business opportunities.
It's Evie's Week, so of course, we're talking about sustainability. Today we're focusing on Silvopasture and Managed Grazing which are two different livestock management practices that could go a long towards decreasing our carbon emissions. We'll discuss the pros and cons of both and what you can do to support farmers who adopt methods like these.Instagram @soulspielpodcastResources:https://www.wsmv.com/news/us_world_news/bp-will-slash-oil-production-by-40-and-pour-billions-into-green-energy/article_e07d9384-5a35-5d67-810f-2c506b016262.htmlhttps://www.drawdown.org/solutions/silvopasturehttps://extension.umn.edu/agroforestry/silvopasturehttps://www.drawdown.org/solutions/managed-grazinghttps://www.rocklin.ca.us/node/1332
*Note: Dirt Rich is going biweekly! Catch our next episode on August 19.Jared Luhman and Tyler Carlson return to further discuss Silvopasture: “the intentional integration of trees, forage, and livestock into one intensively managed system.” Formerly a trope to “keep livestock out of the woods,” now farmers have the tools to properly manage their impact. By intensively managing trees to optimize the growing environment for the forage below, as well as the timing and location of livestock grazing, farmers can reap numerous benefits. Silvopasture practices can boost soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat and diversity, and carbon sequestration. Silvopasture can also raise timber value, animal performance, and overall economic returns, making this system an attractive option for some farmers. Tyler describes his own operation, from his intensive study of agroforestry as a student at the University of Minnesota, to his 200 acres in Todd County today. He and his wife raise grass-fed beef, pastured lamb, and perennial fruits on their farm. Tyler shares his experience in working with both existing woodlands and establishing silvopasture on cleared land for those looking to get started. Resources:SFA Silvopasture & Agroforestry Homepage - Learn more and register for upcoming workshops here.Silvopasture HandbookSilvopasture Webinar SeriesUniversity of Minnesota Silvopasture Learning NetworkNRCS EQIP Jared Luhman, SFA Soil Health LeadTyler Carlson, SFA Silvopasture & Agroforestry Project LeadDirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
Silvopasture: “the intentional integration of trees, forage, and livestock into one intensively managed system.” New Dirt Rich voices Jared Luhman and Tyler Carlson give an intro to silvopasture practices, covering a little history, how silvopasture looks today, and the economic and biological benefits these systems can provide to Minnesota farmers. Stay tuned for next week’s episode, where Tyler and Jared will give examples of how farmers can implement silvopasture on their farms. Resources:SFA Silvopasture & Agroforestry Homepage - Learn more and register for upcoming workshops here.Silvopasture HandbookSilvopasture Webinar SeriesUniversity of Minnesota Silvopasture Learning Network Jared Luhman, SFA Soil Health LeadTyler Carlson, SFA Silvopasture & Agroforestry Project Lead Dirt Rich is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
Join me as I chat to Matt Chatfield who raises amazing quality "Cull Yaw" and in partnership with Grazier and Master Butchers Phillip Warren delivers "The Iberico of Sheep's Meat" to top restaurants and the general public. We talk regenerative v Low input agriculture, Silvopasture and the next exciting steps for The Cornwall Project.
LINKS Growing a No-Dig Garden on Udemy Or copy and paste this link: https://www.udemy.com/course/no-dig-garden-course/?referralCode=7393F372D1748E4A4282 World Organic News email: firstname.lastname@example.org Transcript HERE Permaculture Plus Podcast
Episode Notes "Using Dimensional Analysis to Investigate Feasability of Woodgas CPT + Coppice Silvopasture Managment to Power Our Cities" by Silas Bennet 2017 Shout out to Cody Harrison and the Corona, LLC. Environmental co-op Manna Short Story (Anarcho Space Communism Futurism): https://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm Co-op start-up being organized by founder of this LLC: https://corona-enterprises.com/about-us Ecosystem Restoration Camps 501c3: https://ecosystemrestorationcamps.org/our-vision/ Ecolonomic Action Team: https://www.eatcommunity.com/ Solid State Isothermal Air Compression: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trompe Mark Shepard's "New Forest Farm" A great example of a profitable Silvopasture: https://newforestfarm.us/ Mark Shepard's book "Restoration Agriculture": https://www.amazon.com/Restoration-Agriculture-Mark-Shepard/dp/1601730357 What is a "Silvopasture": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvopasture What is "Coppicing": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppicing What is "Wood Gasification": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas_generator Supercritical Fluid Gasification: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/supercritical-water-gasification What is a "Supercritical Fluid": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercritical_fluid What is a "B Corp": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefit_corporation What is "CZTS Solar Cells": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CZTS What is "Biogas Digestion": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaerobic_digestion Find out more at http://biocosm.xyz
Mike does an informal consultation with Wes about a new 54 acre homestead he is purchasing, covering things such as grazing patterns, soil types, food forest planning, contour mapping, silvopasture, and more.
This episode of the Agweek Podcast features this fall's hideous weather and it's impact on harvest, silvopasture - a practice that encourages trees in pastures, sugar beet harvest's hurdles, crop progress reports, ND's statewide emergency for agriculture, tile drainage info from Mikkel Pates and Michelle Rook's story on cattle industry unrest. This week's guests are a couple of seed & ag tech experts from Peterson Farms Seed: Nolan Berg and Adam Spelhaug.
In this episode, Ben discusses the concept of Silvopasture, the intentional combining of animals with trees. It is a powerful carbon-sequestering technique to restore degraded lands and maximize yields for farmers.
Our Thought Leader for today is Greg Gershuny, Interim Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program.The Stories You Need to Know:• Silvopasture: bringing Benefits for both the Herd and the Soil.• The Beef Industry debuts Sustainability Framework.• Opportunity for Timely corn Planting depends on the Soil.• Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy are collaborating on Nature Innovation.Today's Farmer is Jamie Robertson, dairy farmer featured on "American Farms" Reality TV show.
Steve Gabriel, author of the book Silvopasture joins me to talk about all things silvopasture. Why you would want to do, why you wouldn't want to do it, and what's possible. Silvopasture has the potential to increase farm resilience by giving you forage when grasses are dormant and it may give you the ability to turn marginal land unsuitable for traditional pasture into a valuable food source. Learn more about Steve, his online course and his book at: http://www.silvopasturebook.com Get exclusive content each week with the Grassfed Life Insider. Learn more at https://www.grassfedlife.co/insider
In February, we hear how easy it is to get very young children interested in growing food. From an old friend of the show, we learned a few grazing tips, including how to use animals to remineralise the land. We learn about the benefits and challenges of setting up a silvopasture system, and get to join in on a sustainable wine tasting session in Sicily. Thanks to Rebel Kitchen for supporting this episode.
This ep: Ruminant co-host Tristan Banwell interviews Farmer and Author Steve Gabriel about his book Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem. Bonus content (more conversation) should show up in your podcast feed, otherwise: get it at theruminant.ca Tristan and Steve discuss what to do with tree biomass you remove from your silvopasture system, a good approach to pruning, and current gaps in the knowledge of this topic. Show sponsors: Dubois Agrinovation
LINKS PODCASTING CHECKLISTS CLICK HERE Facebook Page: World Organic News Facebook page. WORLD ORGANIC NEWS No Dig Gardening Book: Click here Permaculture Plus http://permacultureplus.com.au/ Topical Talks CIVIL EATS |Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will U.S. Farmers Take it Seriously? https://civileats.com/2019/01/07/silvopasture-can-mitigate-climate-change-will-u-s-farmers-take-it-seriously/ Inside Climate News | Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25012019/climate-change-agriculture-farming-consolidation-corn-soybeans-meat-crop-subsidies Bill Mollison Silvopasture, Industrial Agriculture and Bill Mollison’s Response. This is the World Organic News for the week ending the 28th of January 2019. Jon Moore reporting! Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil! A little housekeeping. Some of you have noticed the website is still down. I’m still in discussions with my host about appropriate levels of performance and hope it will be back up soon. In the meantime I’m posting things to the Facebook page if you’re interested. And now to the show. From the site Civil Eats come a piece entitled: Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will U.S. Farmers Take it Seriously? A fair question! Quote: Steve Gabriel curls back a bit of flimsy net fencing and shakes a plastic bucket of alfalfa pellets. Immediately, a sweet-faced, short-fleeced mob of some 50 Katahdin sheep pull away from a line of young black locust trees on whose leaves they’ve been snacking and swarm around him. The sheep race after Gabriel as he strides across nibbled grass and out from the fencing, around a dirt path’s shallow curve, and into a shadier, overgrown pasture dotted with long standing black walnut and hawthorn trees. End Quote A sweet image and one that can be replicated across much of the world. It does require a mindset shift from those on the ground. Not the easiest of things but it is the people on the ground who can see the changes occurring as I write then read this. There’s serious fires to the south of us here in Highclere. Emergency evacuations, watch and act alerts and very little sign of rain. Two days ago it was predicted we would receive between 20 - 40mm on Wednesday. Today, Monday, that forcast is now down to 1 - 5mm. I’ve seen this pattern too many times in my life. Rain forecast, clouds arriving and then nothing!. We’re fortunate here. We have a very small holding, 1.5 acres and a permanent bore. We can de-stock, focus on the vegetables and get through this. If this is not the new normal. Those on the ground see, I think we can all agree on that. It is the properties with multi-generational occupation with rainfall and temperature records that prove most useful. From small grape growers to corporate types the harvest dates, temperature at harvest and annual rainfall records all form part of their business IP. Those in the southern parts of the Australian mainland are and have been buying land in the southern island state of Tasmania. It is cooler here. Whilst the mainland has been under 40+ degrees celsius for most of January, our part has hit 30 once or twice. The southern parts of Tassie have hit the hit 30s and that’s where the fires are. So we have a dilemma. The rising temperatures and falling rainfall are a consequence of climate change. Silvo pasture as one variation of regenerative agriculture provides a solution in some cases. The nature of silvopasture is that it includes trees, obviously. Trees are a worry in bushfires. Now there are ways around this. Tagasaste is a species which is fire resistant as is, I believe, saltbush. There are ways around these things. Back to the piece sited: Quote Gabriel (the person in the above quote) is an agroforestry specialist at Cornell University’s Small Farms Program. He’s also the author of the book on silvopasture, a farming technique that’s touted as a way to sequester carbon by growing trees in livestock pastures. End Quote. Gabriel himself runs a 35 acre farm. He rotates meat sheep across once fields. Some of these have black locusts planted on them for feed, shade and nitrogen. These black locusts sequester between 1 and 4 tons of carbon per acre per year. It’s taken five years to convert the place from ru down to productive with huge improvement in soil organic matter and soil biology. All the work has been done by the animals. This is the bit I like, let the stock do the “work” for you by doing what they evolved to do. Stock go to the feed, they manure the ground and move on. The alternative, CAFOs, feedlots, chick and pig sheds bring the feed to the animals and take, eventually, the manures from the animals. All at the cost of fossil fuels. The differences are obvious. I understand that debt levels will affect decisions in on farm management. I also understand that not everywhere on the planet can stock be outdoors all year. These cases can be opportunities to collect organic matter but again the way is the most important. Slurry tanks and aerial spreading are not good, in a carbon sense, but are technologies worked out and powered by diesel. You can see the pattern. Everytime a technique is powered by a fossil fuel, it reduces the need for people and pumps carbon into the atmosphere. Silvopasture offers some opportunities dependant upon the landscape, the climate and the preferences of the farmer. To give you some idea of the wider range of possibilities for silvopasture, the piece goes on: Quote: For example, 14 miles south of the Gabriel farm, the 69-acre Good Life Farm has had success with a peach and apple orchard grazed by beef cattle and poultry, supported by salad crops. About 180 miles east, in Valley Falls, New York, first generation farmers Dustin and Kassie Gibson have converted 20 acres of what Kassie calls “useless woodland” to silvopasture that supports beef cattle and hogs, thereby expanding the number of animals they’re able to support on their 70 total acres. End Quote Now we come to piece from Inside Climate News entitled: Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change. Quote: Industrial farming encourages practices that degrade the soil and increase emissions, while leaving farmers more vulnerable to damage as the planet warms. End Quote This pretty much sums up the dilemma. Yet there are, of course, people on the ground making a difference. Gabriel, quoted above is one such example. In this piece they bring us Seth Watkins. Quote: On his farm in southwestern Iowa, Seth Watkins plants several different crops and raises cattle. He controls erosion and water pollution by leaving some land permanently covered in native grass. He grazes his cattle on pasture, and he sows cover crops to hold the fertile soil in place during the harsh Midwestern winters. Watkins' farm is a patchwork of diversity—and his fields mark it as an outlier. His practices don't sound radical, but Watkins is a bit of a renegade. He's among a small contingent of farmers in the region who are holding out against a decades-long trend of consolidation and expansion in American agriculture. Watkins does this in part because he farms with climate change in mind. "I can see the impact of the changing climate," he said. "I know, in the immediate, I've got to manage the issue. In the long term, it means doing something to slow down the problem." End Quote. Seth is a hold out against the consolidation process that’s been occurring with increasing rapidity since WW2 but examples can be found as far back the Roman Republic and more recently with the clearances of the 18th century. Clearly there are economic advantages to consolidation and industrial agriculture but it is these very economic advantages which are driving climate changes. So it is time to do things differently. Quote: "The industrial food system presents a barrier to realizing the potential climate benefits in agriculture," said Laura Lengnick, a soil scientist who has written extensively on climate and agriculture. "We continue to invest in this massive corn and soybean and beef-making machine in the Midwest despite all that we know about the changes we could make that would maintain yields, improve farm profitability and deliver climate change solutions." This is happening as landmark government reports and ample academic research show that agricultural soils are critical for stabilizing the climate. End Quote There is, of course, a political element to all this. Where there are subsidies, there will be lobbyists and market distortions through price signals. These have led to investments based upon the subsidies, consolidation of farms, and then these rely upon the continued subsidies to maintain profitability. A self sustaining cycle. No problem if there’s no down side. In this case, there’s plenty. Fossil fuel use, soil erosion, water contamination and animal cruelty as a starting list. All because the subsidies point enterprises into growing corn, soyabean and beef. From the article: Quote: Agricultural policy has long emphasized over-production, propped up by government subsidies that favor certain crops. Lawmakers have been unwilling to change the system, largely because of a powerful farm lobby and the might of agribusinesses that profit from technological advancements. "Farmers are dictated in how to farm," said Adam Mason, a policy director with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. "They're locked into a system." This system has transformed agriculture into a business that resembles the fossil fuel industry as it extracts value out of the ground with relentless efficiency and leaves greenhouse gas pollution in its aftermath. End Quote I would see this as an implementation of Henry Ford’s factory methodology to the whole world. We can do things differently. Bill Mollison springs to mind in these cases. Quote. “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ― Bill Mollison “The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” ― Bill Mollison End Quotes And on that note I’ll draw this episode to a conclusion. Remember: Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil! Of course the podcasting checklists are still available over at Jon Moore Podcasting Services Thank you for listening and I'll be back next week.
Co-host links: The Real Food Chain Rich Bowden Writing World Organic News This month's episode is a look at pig tractors and silvopasture with co-hosts Rich Bowden and Jon Moore talking about how these two old-fashioned farming methods neatly fit into an organic/permaculture way of life. We think you'll love the show! For solutions, ideas, thoughts, different ways of thinking and background with a permaculture twist, download Permaculture Plus in your podcatcher of choice. Links: Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming Call of the Reed Warbler -- Charles Massy Climactic Connect with Jon Moore at World Organic News or at http://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/worldorganicnews. Rich Bowden is available for writing or podcasting work here.
We begin this episode with a visit to the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center at the University of Missouri. Education Program Coordinator Hannah Hemmelgarn gives us a brief tour of some of her team's current projects and explains their rootedness agroforestry principles. Then, Interim Director of the Center Mike Gold and silvopasture expert Chuck Talbott dive deeper into the field of agroforestry, analyzing various practices, discussing challenges, and addressing some of the latest field studies and research.
Guarding forests as a valuable part of the agriculture system. In This Podcast: Being a farmer in these days of changing climate can be challenging, so when a severe drought threatened the livelihood of sheep farmer Steve Gabriel, he resorted to using previously ignored wooded areas. Examining the forest near his home he realized the bounty that he had been overlooking, and sought out more information about forest farming. He now teaches others how to do this natural farming process. There is a bonus on mushrooms too! Don't miss an episode! Click here to sign up for podcast updatesor visit www.urbanfarm.org/podcast Steve is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He passionately pursues work that re-connects people to the forested landscape and supports them to grow their skills in forest stewardship. He is an Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and co-owns Wellspring Forest Farm & School with his wife Elizabeth, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems. The school hosts several educational programs each season with the goal of increasing people's understanding of healthy forests and how they can play a critical role in their stewardship. He is the author of two books: Farming the Woods, and Silvopasture, both published by Chelsea Green. Go to www.urbanfarm.org/wellspring for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.
It's important to ask where our food is coming from and how it impacts the environment around us. Silvopasture is an innovative and growing farming practice that uses woodland and domesticated animals to create a regenerative farming system that has one of the highest carbon capture rate and promotes nutrient cycling. Bio: Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, forest farmer, and educator living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He passionately pursues work that re-connects people to the forested landscape and supports them to grow their skills in forest stewardship. He is Agroforestry Extension Specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program and co-owns Wellspring Forest Farm & School with his wife Elizabeth, where they produce mushrooms, maple syrup, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and elderberry extract, all from forest-based systems. The school hosts several educational programs each season with the goal of increasing people's understanding of healthy forests and how they can play a critical role in their stewardship. Time Stamps: 6:37 – How did you get into farming & agriculture? 9:35 – How did you learn about Silvopastures? 12:41- When did humans get into monocropping? 15:38 – What are “Silvopastures”? 17:22 – How do you bring back nutrients into food through regenerative farming? 22:31 – Can a family sustain purely off of farming alone? 23:55 – Why Silvopastures have one of the highest carbon capture among all farming practices 26:07 – What kind of animals work best for silvopastures? 29:00 – How can trees and animals help each other? 30:53 – What kind of trees can you use for Silvopastures? 34:00 – Is this form of farming growing? 36:20 – How do I get started on Silvopastures? 37:41 – What are some of the biggest issues in farming and agriculture these days? 40:07 – How negative farming practices can lead to negative health consequences 45:22 – How can you become a smart consumer when it comes to picking food? 48:23 – Why understanding where your food comes from is very important 51:10 – Challenges for new farms and farmers? 52:16 – Is there a shortage of farmers? 54:32 – Tools that can be connect consumers with farmers? 57:07 – New farming innovations and paradigm shifts 59:59 – Final Links: Shop Energy Pods Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ketogeek-Chocolate-Energy-Organic-Vanilla/dp/B07B88S36J Ketogeek Ghee on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B29HM3D Ketogeek Merchandise, Ghee & Energy Pods: https://ketogeek.com/collections Ketogeek Newsletter: https://ketogeek.com/pages/sign-up Shop Energy Pods: https://ketogeek.com/collections/energy-pods Wholesale: https://ketogeek.com/pages/wholesale Low Carb USA: https://www.lowcarbusa.org/low-carb-events/san-diego-2018/ Pecan Coconut: https://ketogeek.com/collections/energy-pods/products/pecan-coconut-energy-pods Guest Links: Website: www.WellspringForestFarm.com Silvopasture Book Website: http://silvopasturebook.com/ Farming the Woods Book: Shop Amazon Here Silvopasture Book: Shop Amazon Here
In Nature, everything supports and feeds off of one another. There is no waste, only relationships. It’s a system, an endless web of life and connections. Organic farms know the strength of this system and actively cultivate it, by inviting Nature onto the farm and seeing the farm as a part of the overall ecology of the place. This episode is about connections between animals, soil, and trees, and what one expert has discovered. The system is called Silvopasture. What's that? Tune in to find out. Guest: Steve Gabriel, Author, Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem, Mecklenburg, NY
On this episode of The Sample Hour, I am joined by "The Mad Scientist of Permaculture" Mr Grant Schultz and Neal Spackman. I had a lot of fun talking to these two gentleman. We cover a wide variety of topics, including starting adult pinewood derby leagues, operating inside the system and what each of us wants to accomplish this year. Be sure to follow Neal's work at the Al Baydha Project and to follow his project's instagram and Facebook accounts. Follow Grant's work at Versaland and subscribe to his youtube page as well. Save $100 off the Profitable Urban Farming Course by clicking Download.
On this episode of The Sample Hour, I am joined by "The Mad Scientist of Permaculture" Mr Grant Schultz. Grant, and I discuss his journey to becoming the mad scientist of permaculture. Check out Grants farm Versaland. Check out Grant's youtube page as well. Download.
Learn the tools, techniques, and costs of establishing a productive silvopasture – a production system that produces yields from every layer. Beginning with bare land, you’ll understand harvest planning and sourcing trees, seed, livestock, and equipment. Also learn what can potentially be built, bartered or bartered. This talk was presented live at PV2 in March 2015. See the slides for this talk at permaculturevoices.com/b025.
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